Lakeview Theatre

800 Harrison Avenue,
New Orleans, LA 70124

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Lakeview Theater

This theater opened on January 28, 1942 with Alice Faye in “Weekend in Havana”. It was located on Harrison Avenue, with seating for 500. Members of what would become St. Luke’s Methodist Church began meeting in 1947 at the Lakeview Theatre until their own church building was constructed a decade later. The Lakeview Theatre closed in 1971 and has since been demolished.

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joysmovies on January 31, 2008 at 4:53 am

Although not the best view, the Lakeview Theatre can be seen on the left in this photo:,8643

ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Announcing a book about New Orleans Movie Theaters

The History of the Neighborhood Theaters in New Orleans
is being written by 89-year-old Rene Brunet, the dean of the motion picture industry in Louisiana, and New Orleans historian and preservationist Jack Stewart. The 160-page,coffee table book will be released in November and is being published by Arthur Hardy Enterprises, Inc. Attention will be focused on 50 major neighborhood and downtown theaters, culled from a list of nearly 250 that have dotted the cityâ€\s landscape since the first “nickelodeon” opened in 1896 at 626 Canal Street. The book will be divided by neighborhoods and will open with a map and a narrative about each area. Each major theater will feature “then and now” photographs, historic information, and a short series of quotes from famous New Orleanians and from regular citizens who will share their recollections.
We are trying to acquire memorabilia and additional photos of this theater for this publication. (deadline July 1.) You will be credited in the book and receive a free autographed copy if we publish the picture that you supply. Please contact Arthur Hardy at or call 504-913-1563 if you can help.

rivest266 on August 11, 2011 at 1:45 am

The grand opening ad from January 28th, 1942 is in this theatre’s photo section

frank gagliano
frank gagliano on February 8, 2020 at 10:07 am

The Lakeview and the Beacon theaters, both on Harrison Ave., meant a great deal to those of us growing up in Lakeview in the 1950s and 60s. Admission for kids was .25 and .75 for adults. Popcorn was just .10 at the Lakeview, .12 at the Beacon. As architecture, the Beacon with it’s lighthouse lake theme was superior to the econo-box Lakeview theater; but as a kid these things are beyond your notice. All that mattered was the excitement of going to the movies. But not above notice was the incredible beauty of the Saenger Theater located in downtown New Orleans, a nearly 4,000 seat atmospheric movie palace.It’s grandeur is worth checking out elsewhere on the site. Fortunately, I attended these neighborhood theaters so many times that every detail of both remain forever etched upon my memory. One thing is certain, theaters are magical places.

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